Google is ending Play Service support for Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
- Pour one out for Android 4.0, aka Ice Cream Sandwich: Google announced today that it’s dropping support for Ice Cream Sandwich for future Play Service API releases, meaning updates for apps on the older version of Android will likely be few and far between, via 9to5Google.
- Google is instead having developers target API level 16 (for Android 4.1 Jelly Bean) as the minimum level of support.
- And while, in theory, developers can continue to maintain and update a version of their apps specifically for Ice Cream Sandwich users that support API level 14 or 15, it’s unlikely that many will do so.
- It’s not the most surprising news: according to Google’s developer dashboard, as of October 26th, only 0.03 percent of Android users were still running Ice Cream Sandwich.
Google Play services drops support for Android Ice Cream Sandwich
- Today, however, ICS is a mere blip on the Android ecosystem radar, which is why Google Play services will no longer provide updates for the APIs (14 and 15) that applications running on ICS use.
- App developers that currently offer minimum support of API level 16 (Android 4.1 Jelly Bean) and over, won’t have to do anything as a result of these changes.
- Hence, Google is now recommending that all developers should target API level 16 as the bare minimum — in turn, this will mean that those still using Ice Cream Sandwich on their Android device won’t even see the app update in Google Play, let alone be able to download it.
- Well, Google Play services ditched support for Gingerbread and Honeycomb nearly two years ago, so it’s more than likely that such devices are either no longer in use, or are used purely as telephones.
Release Notes for Safari Technology Preview 71
- Safari Technology Preview Release 71 is now available for download for macOS Mojave and macOS High Sierra.
- If you already have Safari Technology Preview installed, you can update in the Software Update pane of System Preferences on macOS Mojave and from the Mac App Store’s Updates tab on macOS High Sierra.
- After updating to macOS Mojave, you may have to reinstall Safari Technology Preview.
- This release covers WebKit revisions 237919-238607.
Apple’s anticipated ECG app rolls out today in watchOS 5.1.2
- The newest update for Apple Watches is out now, bringing a highly anticipated feature to Series 4 devices.
- Apple Watch Series 4 devices all have built-in electrodes that can measure electrocardiograms, or ECGs. At the time of the Watch's debut in September, Apple's native app with which the electrodes communicate wasn't ready for consumer use.
- To take an ECG reading, users must place their finger on the flat side of the Digital Crown on their Series 4 Watch.
- The electrode on the Digital Crown communicates with the other electrode on the Watch, which sits near the heart rate monitor, to take a complete ECG measurement.
- But even with the Series 4's FDA-clearance tag, neither the Watch nor Apple's ECG app are diagnostic tools, and they won't replace a doctor's visit.
- Download watchOS 5.1.2 by going to the Software Update section of the General menu in the Watch iOS app.
Microsoft is embracing Chromium, bringing Edge to Windows 7, Windows 8, and macOS
- The company also announced it is decoupling the browser updates from Windows 10 updates, and that Edge is coming to all supported versions of Windows and to macOS.
- Microsoft hopes moving to Chromium will “create better web compatibility for our customers” and “less fragmentation of the web for all web developers.” The former is certainly true, as the Edge web platform will thus become aligned with web standards and other Chromium-based browsers.
- If you thought supporting old Windows versions was nuts, your jaw will drop when you hear Microsoft also wants to bring Edge to macOS.
- Microsoft wants the version of Edge on Windows and Mac to be the same, but we’re hearing it’s too early to commit to same-day updates across all supported versions of Windows and macOS.
Microsoft Edge goes Chromium (and macOS)
- Hence Microsoft’s efforts to bring Edge to the Mac, 15 years after it abandoned Internet Explorer for Mac. The company doesn’t expect that Edge on Mac will gain any significant market share, but it believes that having it available on every platform will mean that more developers will test their web apps with Edge, too.
- The company isn’t detailing what its development process will look like and how it’ll go about this, but we’re being told that the company is looking at which parts of the Edge experience to keep and then will work with the Chromium community to bring those to the Chromium engine, too.
AT&T now supports eSIM on Apple’s latest iPhones
- AT&T is the first major US carrier to add support for eSIM on the iPhone XS and XR, allowing its network to be used in a dual-SIM setup.
- One of the XS and XR’s headline features was support for dual SIM cards, allowing the phones to be connected to two networks at once.
- But at the phones’ launch, the feature didn’t really work: major US carriers had issues supporting dual-SIM users, and none of them supported the eSIM feature that actually allowed the carrier to be on the additional SIM card.
- As part of yesterday’s iOS update, Apple added eSIM support for additional carriers, and AT&T appears to be one of them.
- 9to5Mac spotted that AT&T has published a help page with a note that dual-SIM support is available on the XS and XR after installing the latest update.
Duet Display 2 uses hardware acceleration to catch up with Luna Display
- Duet Display is an app that lets you turn your iPad into a second Mac monitor.
- And the team behind it just released a major update that makes it much more efficient — it consumes less CPU resources and is now recognized as a true external display.
- If you’ve used Duet Display over the past few years, you may have seen a change that made it worse, not better.
- At some point, Apple updated macOS and broke Duet Display’s method.
- But this is a thing of the past as Duet Display found a way to leverage GPU acceleration.
- In my experience, it’s now much closer to a normal external display.
- Duet Display is now catching up with its competitor by releasing this update.
- Make sure to download the latest version on your iPad and your Mac. For new users, Duet Display costs $10.